6.      Stakeholder impact statement

Both patients and providers are expected to benefit from these recommendations, as they address concerns regarding patient safety and quality of care, and they take steps to simplify the MBS and make it easier to use and understand. Patient access to services was considered for each recommendation.

Where items have been recommended for deletion, alternative items have been suggested that can absorb the appropriate services for a comparable schedule fee. The Committee also considered each recommendation’s impact on provider groups to ensure that changes are reasonable and fair.

However, if the Committee identified evidence of potential item misuse or safety concerns, recommendations were made to encourage best practice, in line with the overarching purpose of the MBS Review.